Christ purifies our nature and Mary is Godbearer by Gregory of Nyssa

“If then we preach in a loud voice and testify that Christ is the power and wisdom of God (cf. I Cor 1:24), always immutable, always incorruptible, and that, although dwelling in a mutable and corruptible body, he himself is not thereby polluted but even purifies what was polluted, what is our crime, and why are we hated? What is the meaning of these new altars erected against us?

Is it because we preach a different Jesus? Do we point to another? Is it because we proclaim a different Scripture? Has one of us, perhaps, dared to call the Virgin Godbearer (Theotókos) a Manbearer, as we hear some of them irreverently doing?”

Gregory of Nyssa , Letter 3; PG 46, 1024 A.

If you are interested in more quotes on Virgin Mary, you can find them in Mary and the Fathers of the Church on Amazon in both in Kindle and paperback formats.


Gambero, L., 1999. Mary and the Fathers of the Church 1st ed. Translated by Buffer, T., San Francisco: Ignatius Press. p. 147.

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